(Closed) Civil/secular – how did you decorate your ceremony space?

posted 7 years ago in Secular
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

We don’t have pictures back yet, but:  We had an outdoor ceremony, on a deck at the edge of a garden.  Our florist had a big (~7 ft. tall) wrought-iron gate that she rented us, and she placed it behind the officiant and decorated it with flowers and tulle.  It was fairly straight across, so it didn’t arch, but that wasn’t a major concern of ours so I’m not sure if it would still be too arch-like for you! 🙂

I’ve also seen people use topiary or very tall floral arrangements on pedestals to kind of mark off the space.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Just realized that we do have a guest photo that shows the gate:

 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

We don’t have photos back yet either, but our secular wedding ceremony was in a historic ballroom that had a balcony.  The florist utilized the balcony and hung an eighteen foot long floral garland to sort of frame us and the bridal party since there was no “altar.”  We rented chiavari chairs and the end of aisle decor was simply a bouquet of flowers tied to the end chairs with satin ribbons.  I’m not sure what your space looks like, but the ballroom we were married in is so ornate, we didn’t need that much more deocration.

Since your wedding is a ways away…and we should have pictures back in a month or so…I’ll come back and put up a few pictures to give you a better idea.  

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

We are doing something similar to the pic below… We are having one feather vase on each side behind us lining the row like that tho

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Just curious…what’s the tradition behind the archway? We were going to use one of those too but if it’s something overtly religious that I’m just unaware of, we may rethink that!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I don;t think arches have any real connotation. They focus the eye on the front of the ceremony for me. 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I don;t think arches have any real connotation. They focus the eye on the front of the ceremony for me. 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Here are a couple of ideas below:

 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We’ll be using two of these candle screens* behind us — maybe with candles, maybe with single flowers in some of the votives, or maybe just plain. And we’re planning for a table right behind us — not an altar, just a place to put two nice flower arrangements and the candles we’ll be using for our secular, family-focused version of the unity candle ceremony.

 

*We’ll be donating a corresponding amount of money to progressive/labor causes, because neither of us were real thrilled to purchase anything from there, given their history with labor issues. But we couldn’t find a comparable item anywhere else!

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

We’re getting married in a renovated barn and the interior is all white. We want to rent a few tall trees from a local greenhouse to use as our backdrop behind the ceremony. We are also planning on getting some 3′ round balloons in our colors to add some color to the high ceilings.

As far as aisle decorations, I’ve saved a few ideas (but didn’t save the sources -sorry!) Not sure what we’ll go with yet.

 

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